How to burn a Live CD

Last update on Oct. 23, 2013.

How to burn a Live CD

This guide will help you to burn (write) a downloaded Live CD image (.iso file) to a CD/DVD.

On Windows

The easiest way on Windows is to download and use "Free ISO Burner".

1.  Download free ISO Burner from here.

2.  Double-click on the FreeISOBurner file that you just downloaded. The Free ISO Burner program will start.

3.  Insert a blank disc in your drive.

4.  Click the Open button next to the empty space within the ISO File section, near the top of the program window.

5.  When the Open window appears, locate and select the ISO file you wish to burn to the empty disc.

6.  Once you've selected the ISO file, click the Open button at the bottom of the window to confirm your selection.

7.  Now that you're back to the Free ISO Burner main screen, check that the option under Drive is in fact the optical drive you put the empty disc in while on Step 3 above.  If you have more than one optical drive, you may have more than one option to choose here.

8.  Skip the customizations in the Options area unless you know what you're doing.

9.  Click the Burn button to start the ISO file burn.

10.  When the burning is complete, the disc will automatically eject from the drive. You then can remove the disc and close Free ISO Burner.

On Linux

There are two ways to burn an image in Linux. Through a GUI application like K3B or Brasero. Or from a command line tool called wodim.

We are going to use wodim, it is usually installed in most Linux distros by default.

1.  Assuming your image (*.iso) is in your Downloads folder (Home -> Downloads).

2. Open your favourite terminal. Or if you use Yakuake, press F12.

3. Type the following command at the terminal's command prompt:

wodim -v -dao ~/Downloads/some-linux-livecd.iso

Note: If wodim complains about permissions, or if it doesn't work; use the command "su" first, entering the root password to gain root access.

Now your ready to try out the Live CD!

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  1. Rickster on 09/29/2013 10:13 a.m. #

    Thank you very much for writing this howto for us PCBSD Users' out there.
    Then again, it's no surprise that many *BSD folk hold Debian GNU/Linux in a very high regard.

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